Kurt Jeffrey Haroldson | News, Sports, Jobs

On Wednesday August 11, 2021, Kurt Jeffrey Haroldson, a loving father of two, passed away at the age of 64.

Kurt was born on June 6, 1957 in Marshall, MN to Clifford and Lois (Schreurs) Haroldson. After graduating from Red Wing High School in 1975, Kurt attended Gustavus Adolphus College, where he received his bachelor’s degree, and the University of Missouri, where he obtained his master’s degree.

While living in Missouri, Kurt worked as a wildlife manager for the US Army at Fort Leonard Wood. There he and his wife, Barb (Sweasy) Haroldson were blessed with two children, Ross and Emily. In 1987, they moved their young family to New Ulm, where Kurt worked for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. He worked as a wildlife research biologist in Madelia’s office for 25 years, specializing in pheasants and wild turkeys. In 2012, Kurt became the Deputy Regional Director of Wildlife stationed in New Ulm and retired in 2017.

Kurt enjoyed participating in various organizations in the New Ulm area. He was an active member of the Izaak Walton League, Pheasants Forever, National Wild Turkey Federation, Deutsch Drahthaar Kennel Club. He was also a past president of the Minnesota chapter of the Wildlife Society.

Nature was a passion for Kurt. He loved to hike and paddle board. He will always be remembered for bringing a Snickers to the top of the hike and asking for a beer tour at the end. Kurt cherished his dogs and was an avid hunter. He bred, trained and judged Deutsch Drathaar dogs.

Whether it was hunting trips with friends, a safari in Tanzania with his son or a trek in Germany’s Black Forest with his daughter, Kurt was always up for adventure. Some of his fondest memories were spent traveling with friends and family, a trait he passed on to his children. As well as how to change a tire, navigate a canoe, do extensive research, love and respect nature, and use a spreadsheet to organize just about anything.

Kurt was a beer enthusiast, knowledge seeker, and daddy joke owner. He was often seen with a book in his hand and a dog or two by his side. His kind and generous personality made him a wonderful father, son, brother and friend. He will be sorely missed.

Kurt is survived by his mother, Lois, his former wife, Barb, his two children, Ross (Kim) and Emily (Brett), a grandchild, Theodore, his siblings Judy (Bob), Bruce (Jodi) , Brian (Kim), and Kim (Terry), and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Cliff.

A Celebration of Life will take place on Sunday, September 12, 2021 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Harman Park in New Ulm, MN. Please wear a mask.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Izaak Walton League, Pheasants Forever, or at the donor’s choice.

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